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Mideast / United States Arms Sales / Jerusalem Bombing #497448

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to sell F-5E fighter planes to Egypt noted. Recent discussions between Carter and President Sadat at Camp David, with regard to such sale, mentioned.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Defense Department film shown. In addition to F-5E's to Egypt, administration plans to sell F-15's to Saudi Arabia and F-15's and F-16's to Israel reported [Secretary State VANCE - denies that this signals shift in United States policy.] Expected debate in Congress with regard to proposed sales cited.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Report on Israeli reaction to United States decision. Live interview with Israel correspondent shown.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli reactions listed; Prime Min. Begin's earlier statement with regard to United States arms sales to any Arab country cited. Israeli concerns over United States pressure on issues of settlements and withdrawal from occupied lands noted.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Begin's refusal to comment reported, along with statement given in Los Angeles by Israeli foreign minister Dayan. Film shown. [DAYAN - thinks United States action in supplying arms to Egypt premature at present and that it will have bad effect on Israel's security. States views with regard to such action under Mideast peace treaty.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Apparently limited success achieved by Sadat at Camp David talks mentioned. Cairo reporter is asked about Egyptian reaction.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Cairo, Egypt) Psychological impact of Carter decision on Sadat and his position described.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Possibility of less congress debate with proposal to send F-5E's to Egypt than if it were F-15's stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Egypt) Is noted that F-5E's won't really alter balance of power in area and is mostly psychological event, but also beginning in arms sales relations between United States and Egypt.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Arms sales as outcome of Sadat's trip noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Bombing of bus in Jerusalem reported Film shown. Israeli authorities' announcement of breakup of number of subversive groups in west bank just before bombing, and later claim of responsibility for bombing by Palestinian group, stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Briggs, Fred;
Brinkley, David;
Brown, Hilary;
Chancellor, John;
Rowan, Ford

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